Virginia

Mixon Swindell

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700 Milam Street, Suite 2700
Houston, TX 77002-2806

Overview

An experienced advocate representing employers, Virginia focuses on identifying practical solutions for her clients’ workplace law challenges, both in the courts and in the office.

Virginia represents employers in state and federal courts who are facing class, collective and individual employment law disputes, including claims of discrimination, harassment, whistleblower retaliation, wage and hour violations, leave and disability accommodation issues and breaches of contract. She also defends employers in administrative agency proceedings before the EEOC and Department of Labor, and conducts internal investigations of allegations made by and about employees at all levels, from executives to entry level workers. Virginia also has represented corporate clients in complex commercial litigation, international arbitration and government investigations. Her broader litigation background provides a unique perspective on the potential business impact of employment disputes.

Virginia also avidly enjoys helping employers prevent lawsuits. She counsels employers regarding human resources challenges and risks, including in the hiring process, background checks, drug testing, discipline and performance management, wage and hour compliance, compensation, disability accommodation and leave management and terminations. She assists employers with the preparation and review of codes of conduct, employment handbooks and policies, job descriptions and employment contracts. When economic conditions require, Virginia also partners with her clients to provide legal advice regarding furloughs, reductions in force and other cost-saving measures, including analysis of selection criteria and WARN Act requirements.

 

Education

Admissions

  • Memberships

    • Houston Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
    • National Association of Women Lawyers
    • Southwest Association of Bank Counsel
    • State Bar of Texas
  • Clerkships

    • Honorable Carolyn Dineen King, United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (Judicial Clerk)
    • Honorable Lee H. Rosenthal, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas (Judicial Intern)

Overview

An experienced advocate representing employers, Virginia focuses on identifying practical solutions for her clients’ workplace law challenges, both in the courts and in the office.

Virginia represents employers in state and federal courts who are facing class, collective and individual employment law disputes, including claims of discrimination, harassment, whistleblower retaliation, wage and hour violations, leave and disability accommodation issues and breaches of contract. She also defends employers in administrative agency proceedings before the EEOC and Department of Labor, and conducts internal investigations of allegations made by and about employees at all levels, from executives to entry level workers. Virginia also has represented corporate clients in complex commercial litigation, international arbitration and government investigations. Her broader litigation background provides a unique perspective on the potential business impact of employment disputes.

Virginia also avidly enjoys helping employers prevent lawsuits. She counsels employers regarding human resources challenges and risks, including in the hiring process, background checks, drug testing, discipline and performance management, wage and hour compliance, compensation, disability accommodation and leave management and terminations. She assists employers with the preparation and review of codes of conduct, employment handbooks and policies, job descriptions and employment contracts. When economic conditions require, Virginia also partners with her clients to provide legal advice regarding furloughs, reductions in force and other cost-saving measures, including analysis of selection criteria and WARN Act requirements.

 

Experience

  • Employment Discrimination

    Served as lead and co-counsel in employment discrimination and retaliation/whistleblower administrative proceedings and lawsuits, including claims under Title VII, the Americans

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  • Employment Litigation

    Represented an international manufacturer with respect to claims of age and national origin discrimination based on failure to hire. Guided client through the EEOC charge

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  • Employment Litigation

    Represented a retail furniture business in a federal court lawsuit alleging claims of harassment and discrimination based on race, color, religion and national origin, as well as

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